USCIS Makes Signature Flexibility Permanent

On July 25, USCIS announced that the signature flexibility first introduced in response to the COVID-19 National Emergency would remain.

As such, USCIS will continue to accept all benefit forms and documents with reproduced original signatures. A document may be scanned, faxed, photocopied, or similarly reproduced, provided that the copy must be of an original document containing an original handwritten signature unless otherwise specified.

Individuals or entities that submit documents bearing an electronically reproduced original signature must also retain copies of the original documents containing the “wet” signature. USCIS may, at any time, request the original documents, which, if not produced, could negatively impact the adjudication of the immigration benefit.

Erickson Insights

USCIS first extended flexibilities for signatures and responses to requests and notices in March 2020. The flexibilities have been extended many times, and USCIS has confirmed it is evaluating which flexibilities may be extended permanently. Erickson Immigration Group will continue to share updates as more news is available. If you have questions about anything we’re reporting above or case-specific questions, please contact your employer or EIG attorney.